Bluefield Daily Telegraph
WEST LIBERTY —
The Concord University football team forced three turnovers, including a pick-six from senior safety Josh Clark, while sophomore running back Calvinaugh Jones rushed for a career-long 45-yard touchdown to lead the Mountain Lions over West Liberty, 20-3 on Saturday afternoon.
Concord (3-1, 2-0) rebounded from last week’s loss at Bowie State to stay perfect in Mountain East Conference competition.
The Mountain Lions had the advantage in time of possession (45:23-29:37), total yards (260-198), rushing yards (133-52), first downs (14-11) and forced turnovers (3-1).
The Mountain Lion defense has now held opponents to 10 points or less in five of their last seven games dating back to 2012.
Jones led the Concord offensive attack with 132 yards on 32 rushes and one touchdown, a 45-yard run in the second quarter. The 100-yard game was the fifth of Jones' career while his 32 attempts were a career-high.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Novak completed 12-of-18 passes for 127 yards and one interception. Sophomore Ryan Stewart caught three passes for 44 yards while junior Darrick Williams hauled in four receptions for 35 yards.
Concord's stout defense was paced by Clark's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Mountain Lions generated two other turnovers off of an interception by Davon Marion and a fumble recovery from Keith Ferguson, the Bluefield High School, who was the beneficiary of a forced fumble by Clark.
Bluefield product Jake Lilly made a team-high eight tackles, Riyahd Richardson broke up three passes and Anthony Pyle picked up his second sack in as many weeks.
Sophomore Andy Ellington connected on two field goal attempts of 48 and 42 yards. Ellington's 48-yarder was the longest by a Concord kicker since the Mountain Lions moved to NCAA Division II.
Concord opened the with a 13-play, 45-yard drive that ended with Ellington’s 48 yard field goal. He later added his field goal to increase the lead to 6-0.
The Hilltoppers (2-2, 1-1) scored their only points of the game with a Bryan Arbes field goal from 21-yards out early in the second quarter to make it a 6-3 game with 9:39 to play in the half.
The remainder of the contest belonged to Concord as the Mountain Lions added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to push its lead to 20-3 on Jones’ scoring run and Clark’s interception return for a score.
Concord will look to maintain its perfect Mountain East record at home on Saturday against Fairmont State. The kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.